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Old 02-06-2008, 02:32 PM   #16
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:32 PM   #17
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Get #8.

You will not be disappointed.

You might be insulted, however.

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Old 02-06-2008, 03:30 PM   #18
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Originally posted by No spoken words
Get #8.

You will not be disappointed.

You might be insulted, however.
For real. I wasn't at all disappointed, as I was expecting something dreadful. Insulted, on the other hand...
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Also, if Graduation and Magic are really two of THE TOP TEN records of the ENTIRE year, then 2007 was apparently one of the worst years in music history. There are literally thousands of records released, every year. Thousands and thousands. I've heard more than a few dozen of them. There is no way that the top ten all coincidentally happen to be by artists you've already (ie, befoe these particular records dropped) heard about until you can hear no more. There is nothing wrong with ubiquity, either, as most of these artists have had pretty good--or are starting to have--pretty good careers. It's a problem because, believe it or not, sometimes looking forward will tell you more about where you're going than looking backward.

It's a sickening list, because it first of all illustrates a towering problem with contemporary popular music criticism (both the obscure and mainstream types, too)--press releases are all that matter, as well as cribbing notes from whoever wrote reviews before you did. It's horrible.

Second of all, there's absolutely no way in hell that either of the two albums in question (not to mention a lot of the rest of the top ten) would even be up for consideration, if they hadn't've been released by The Boss or 'Yeezy. Honestly. Do you think that if Del had released Graduation, anybody would care? They'd care about "Stronger," since it's an awesome song, but that'd be that; it's not an awesome album, but simply a decent one. The same goes for Magic; Ike Reilly Assassination released a similarly styled record which is leagues better and more tuneful than The Boss's, but he's just some dude with no clout, so it's overlooked in order to shore up a nonexistent story about a nonexistent late-career resurgence, on the part of an American icon. We Belong To The Staggering Evening came in at, like, 247, or something. Fucking absurd! I mean, come on...!
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Dude, it's amalgam of critics's reviews for the Villiage Voice. Any time you mix in multiple people from all walks of life and all genres of music, it all comes down to what was the most popular. And as with any year end list, what's actually the "best" is completely irrelevant.

Did you see the compilation of the favorites from Interference? It was nearly identical. It's meaningless fun. No biggie.

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